Wolverhampton Wanderers have done some exceptional transfer business this summer. The arrival of players such as Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho can only be applauded.
It also seems that Wolves could have signed an Italian international this summer. Stefano Sturaro was linked with a host of moves this summer, including to the Premier League. Sick of warming the bench at Juventus, he could have been a Wolves player.
According to Record, he was offered to Wolves in a €20 million (£17.9 million) deal this summer. Wolves, however, decided they did not want to spend that much on the 25-year-old and decided not to pursue a deal.
Sturaro is now on his way to Sporting Lisbon on loan and Wolves fans should not be overly disappointed.
Because, whilst Sturaro is a good player, Wolves do not need him in the heart of their midfield. Wolves’ transfer business this summer has seen them snap up Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker. The overall fee for the pair of the players comes in at less than it would have cost to sign Sturaro, with Moutinho costing £5 million and Dendoncker £12 million if his loan is a success.
Sturaro has less experience than both players, despite the Belgian being two years younger, and would have been a costly extravagance Wolves simply do not need.
With Financial Fair Play rules always ready to pinch an ambitious spending club these days, leaving Sturaro behind was the wise move from the newly promoted side.